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Now Hiring: Project Reviewer, Courthouse Preservation Program, Texas Historical Commission (Austin, TX)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Hiring, Jobs, Austin, Project Reviewer, Historic Preservation, Architecture, Architectural History, History, Environmental Protection
Contributed By: Joy Black
Email The Author: joy.black@thc.texas.gov
Website: https://www.thc.texas.gov/

Now Hiring: Project Reviewer, Courthouse Preservation Program, Texas Historical Commission (Austin, TX)
Preserve and protect county courthouses across Texas as part of the Division of Architecture’s renowned Courthouse Preservation Program. As part of a six-member team, provide technical assistance and project reviews in a range of settings to varied audiences by way of written and verbal communication. Partner with counties and consultants to advise on best preservation practices, construction processes, and maintenance planning.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  1. Serve as a project reviewer for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP). Administer grant-funded architectural construction and planning projects for compliance with the program statute, rules and grant manual. Perform architectural review work in an office and field setting.
  2. Review proposals for changes to historic courthouses for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties under the state laws protecting courthouses, the Antiquities Code of Texas, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) designation, and preservation easements.
  3. Review and provide comment on preservation master plans, historic structures reports, paint and finish analyses, structural assessments, project completion reports and grant applications. Use these documents to inform courthouse preservation project review with a primary focus on Restoration Treatment under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
  4. Review and provide comment on attachments to grant contracts and preservation easements, construction budgets, change orders, grant fund reimbursement requests, project submittals, mockups and progress meeting minutes.
  5. Perform research using historic photographs and documents, including onsite investigations, as part of the courthouse preservation planning process. Research historic construction and finish materials.
  6. Meet with property owners, architects/consultants, government officials, and contractors on site as necessary to assess building conditions and understand the programmatic requirements, applicable building codes and other factors that may impact the building’s preservation.
  7. Participate in monthly on-site progress meetings for grant-funded construction projects.
  8. Monitor and provide condition assessments of courthouses protected by preservation easements.
  9. Coordinate with other Texas Historical Commission (THC) staff, divisions and programs to preserve historic courthouses.
  10. Prepare reports and recommendations for courthouse preservation, repair and maintenance.
  11. Develop and conduct training sessions to educate county facilities managers and county officials on best practices for courthouse preservation and facility management.
  12. Offer technical assistance and guidance on cyclical courthouse maintenance and repair.
  13. Work with program specialist to process grant paperwork for the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP), and maintain site visit reports, worklog, digital project files, and program databases.
  14. Present programmatic information to agency staff, architects/consultants, property owners, governmental agencies, community organizations and the general public.
  15. Work collaboratively with THC’s History Programs Division, Archeology Division, and the Community Heritage Development Division.
  16. Work under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
  17. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  18. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  1. Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):
  • Graduation with a professional architecture degree (Bachelor or Master of Architecture), from an NAAB-accredited college or university (or a comparable, internationally-accredited professional architecture degree) with coursework in historic preservation;
  • Minimum two years’ full-time professional experience in historic preservation, including review or creation of detailed investigations of historic structures, historic architectural research, and production or review of construction drawings and specifications for preservation projects;
  • Experience with architectural procedures, including in-depth application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties;
  • Demonstrated public speaking and writing skills;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Availability to travel up to the required 20% of the work period.
PREFER:
  • Five or more years’ full-time professional experience in historic preservation, including in-depth administration of historic restoration planning and construction projects;
  • Graduate degree in architecture, historic preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning or a closely related field;
  • Experience administering commercial-scale construction projects;
  • Experience applying best practices in historic facility maintenance;
  • Experience applying local, state, and federal laws related to the protection of historic structures;
  • Experience working in partnership with elected and appointed officials;
  • Experience in regulatory review related to easement monitoring and management;
  • Experience in records management for large programs or organizations.

REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATION, OR LICENSURE:
  • Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.
  • If applying as an architect, must hold an active architectural license with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) or hold an active architectural license with TBAE within six months of hire.
State of Texas application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact your local Work in Texas office. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will NOT be accepted in place of a completed application. For additional information and for a complete job description, please visit our website at https://www.thc.texas.gov/job-opportunities.



Keywords: Hiring, Jobs, Austin, Project Reviewer, Historic Preservation, Architecture, Architectural History, History, Environmental Protection

Posted: June 15, 2020
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